Share Your World – 2014 Week 35

Have your blogging goals changed?

I never had any blogging goals except to post pictures and write stuff and hope some people outside immediate friends and family might see it. It’s easy to meet or exceed ones goals if you don’t have any. Goals.

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I didn’t expect I would enjoy blogging as much as I do. Nor did I expect my writing and photography to be so well received. That has been a very pleasant surprise. The writing I did professionally wasn’t the sort that wins awards, gets applause, or attention. It was “bread and butter” writing. Honorable work. It didn’t save the world, but it didn’t harm it, either. And it paid well. Best of all, I got to meet great people, some of whom are still friends after many years.

community-9-1-14But blogging — it’s the first time I’ve written for myself and have an audience. A responsive audience. An encouraging, often flattering audience. People say the nicest things.

My current blogging goals? I still don’t have any. I plan to continue to do what I have done.  I hope it continues to be as much fun and as satisfying as it has been for the past two and a half years.

If you were to perform in the circus, what would you do?

No need to think about this one. I want to be a flyer in the trapeze act. I want to cannonball through the air, weightless and free of gravity. But … keep the net in place, okay? Just in case.

If you could go back and talk to yourself at age 18 what advice would you give yourself?  Or if you are younger than 25 what words of wisdom would you like to tell yourself at age 45?

As I am not getting any younger (no one except Dorian Gray gets younger and it’s Dorian’s portrait, not the real him that’s aging backwards), I would tell myself to relax. Stop wasting all that time worrying. Worrying is useless — and ruins the moment. I would NOT marry the second husband — talk about a waste of time and energy. I would always carry a camera and write more just for fun. I guess I should have done better with my money. Okay, I’ll tell myself to start saving money.

What is your favorite comfort snack food?

Unchanged since the last time this came up, it’s crystallized ginger. In many and varied forms.

Bonus question:  What are you grateful for from last week, and what are you looking forward to in the week coming up?

Charter finally fixed our bad connection at the pole on the street. After 13 years of malfunctioning, our cable is working the way it is supposed to. Imagine that!

Next week? There is a get-together with old friends in Boston. That should be a nice diversion.

Categories: Blogging, Personal, Work, Writing

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22 replies

  1. Good advice to your younger self – I think most of us would say something similar. I don’t think any of our younger selves would listen though.


    • I’m sure I wouldn’t have. I would have assumed I didn’t know what I was talking about. It seems like we all have to make our own mistakes and can’t learn from others. Pity. Seems like such a waste.


  2. Thanks for sharing. It is very interesting, as I am a new blogger:) Please let me know what you think about my blog when you have time, would appreciate your feedback very much. Thank you!


  3. I enjoy your blog very much. You are honest and direct, and yet your writing can be touchingly poignant when the situation calls for it. You ALWAYS have an interesting perspective! I try to get caught up with your posts every few days, but it is nice to see your stats are going strong on a daily basis! Enjoy your time with friends, and we’ll all look forward to the pictures and commentary. :o)


    • I keep being surprised at the consistency of my readers. If there’s a slow day, there’s be a bigger catch-up day the next day or the day after that. I feel like I have a whole online family out there. It’s nice. I need that!!


  4. I like your goals….to have fun with your blog. Enjoy your trip this week. Thanks for playing Marilyn.


    • I had no idea what I was doing … I’m not sure I know what I’m doing now, but I’m enjoying it. I figure I should keep doing it as long as it’s fun and rewarding. If it gets to be stress-inducing or too much like work, I can stop. That’s the best part of doing something for free. Freedom! I can fire myself!


  5. You’ve had amazing success! Congrats!


  6. Blog. I’ve gotten a lot better. I’ve learned a lot. I can write at times, but usually I’m not very inspired.
    I’ve never liked “circus”. And I don’t know why.
    “18”? Seize the moment. There will come a time when you cannot run like the wind.
    Bagel please.


  7. I am a new blogger exactly one month old and your blog inspires me with variety of valuable posts to look for. You are you…. Versatile, clear, honest and passionate about what you write. Right now I can only dream about the things you have achieved. Happy blogging without any specific goals.


  8. I have not had crystallized ginger in forever. I may have to stop by the store on the way to work!


  9. I would say, with the way your blog touches people and the way it makes you feel happy, there is no need for change, or goals even. Hope you have a good time with friends this week…may there ease in transport, a decrease in physical pain, and beautiful photo-taking weather. You totally deserve a day like that, my dear friend!


  10. Yay for working cable and crystallized ginger!


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